Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers: Discussion, podcast and book club guide.

The Audio Book Club Burns for The Flamethrowers

The Audio Book Club Burns for The Flamethrowers

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Sept. 6 2013 9:00 AM

The Audio Book Club on The Flamethrowers

Our critics debate Rachel Kushner’s novel of art, revolution, and motorcycle racing.

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This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, DoubleX co-founder Hanna Rosin, and Brow Beat editor David Haglund discuss Rachel Kushner’s fiery novel of the 1970s New York art scene, Italian radicals, and motorcycles, The Flamethrowers. The panel was split on this one, with Rosin thrilled by Kushner’s ideas and Kois frustrated by the book’s construction. (David Haglund, blurb machine, said that he was “almost never bored,” which in fact is rare praise.)


Next month the Audio Book Club will discuss Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game, in anticipation of the big movie release this fall. Join us on Oct. 4 for that conversation.

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Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com. 

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.